A Walmart distribution center in Northampton County and a manufacturing plant in Berks County have helped Pennsylvania win a prestigious Silver Shovel Award for the second year in a row from Area Development magazine.
They are among 10 projects in 11 counties that are projected to create a total of 4,800 new jobs and generate $796 million in private investment.
The 2014 awards recognize states with the most significant industrial groundbreakings or expansions each year. Only those projects that began to materialize in 2013 were considered.
Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards are open to all 50 states to submit information about its top 10 job creation and investment projects.
Rankings are based on weighted factors, including combined number of new jobs created, amount of company investments, total number of new projects and diversity of investments.
Pennsylvania is one of 15 states to win Silver Shovel awards this year. The top award, the Gold Shovel, went to Texas, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina and Utah.
Pennsylvania was one of four states to receive a Silver Shovel award in the eight – 15 million population tier. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) submitted 10 projects spanning 11 counties that are projected to create at least 4,800 new jobs and generate $796 million of private investment.
The award for excellence in state economic development was announced Monday by Governor Tom Corbett.
“The Silver Shovel Award is well-earned recognition of the jobs these 10 outstanding companies have created and the growth they’ve sparked for Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Corbett in a news release.
Founded in 1965, Area Development Magazine is a leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and relocation. Published bi-monthly, the magazine has more than 45,000 executive subscribers.
Here a list of the top 10 projects submitted by Pennsylvania:
Gordon Food Service
166 jobs to be created
$78 million capital investment
East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.
400 jobs to be created
$50 million capital investment
Carlisle Construction Materials
50 jobs to be created
$43 million capital investment
Delaware County / Philadelphia County
Axalta Coatings Systems
Global Headquarters (Phila.) / North American Headquarters (Del. County)
332 jobs to be created
$11 million capital investment
Lancaster County / Philadelphia County
Retail Headquarters / Distribution Facility
2,500 jobs to be created
$210 million capital investment
Bell & Evans
380 jobs to be created
$39 million capital investment
American Eagle Outfitters
369 jobs to be created
$160 million capital investment
Ellwood Crankshaft and Machine Co.
75 jobs to be created
$54 million capital investment
351 jobs to be created
$96 million capital investment
Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
180 jobs to be created
$55 million capital investment